PU Admission stalls row : IJT clash
Admission stalls row: 16 hurt in IJT-PU staff clash
Lahore, Aug 11: Islami Jamiat Tulaba activists and Punjab University officials
and security guards on Monday clashed over setting up of an admission stall on
the New Campus, leaving six students and 10 employees injured.
activists were setting up an admission stall in front of Faisal Auditorium on
Punjab University New Campus on Monday morning, which the PU administration says
is an illegal act as it does not allow any student organisation to set up
As the IJT activists were bringing tables and chairs,
PU resident officer-I Shahid Gul along with RO-II, estate officers and guards
stopped them from setting up the stall. Mr Gul asked them to sit at the stalls
set up by the university and behave like `genuine' students.
the security guards started removing chairs from the stall, which infuriated the
IJT men and they brought out sticks and started beating the guards. The guards
also retaliated as a result six students and 10 varsity employees, including
guards, suffered injuries.
The IJT leaders claimed that the university
administration as well as guards carrying iron rods attacked its stall and
injured six students. Two students -- Mahmood of statistics department and Zahid
of Institute of Education and Research (IER), were shifted to Jinnah Hospital by
Rescue 1122. Four students, who received minor injuries, were discharged after
On the other hand, the university administration alleged that
the IJT activists along with expelled students and other `external elements'
armed with batons and iron rods injured 10 PU employees. At least four injured
employees were also shifted to the Jinnah Hospital. Estate officer Abdul Shakoor
was also among the injured.
Even after the incident, the IJT continued
to run its stall in front of Faisal Auditorium and chanted slogans against the
administration. PU IJT nazim Qaiser Sharif vowed that the Jamiat would continue
organising welfare activities for students and set up stalls outside every
department on Tuesday (today).
According to a news release issued by the
PU spokesman, the incident took place when teachers were talking to the IJT
members for removing the illegal admission stall established without permission
of university authorities outside the Faisal Auditorium. "Suddenly, IJT
activists started misbehaving with the teachers and attacked the employees with
rods and batons and injured 10 employees, including five seriously who were
shifted to the Jinnah Hospital," he said.
The spokesman said the
university employees protested the incident and demanded a stern action against
the responsible elements of IJT.
He said admission activities continued
in the varsity and all the departments had established over 42 stalls where
teachers, students and employees were guiding the visitors. Moreover, the
university administration had also established three main stalls outside IER,
Institute of Communication Studies and Centre of Undergraduate Studies where
information was being provided to the students. As there were a number of
students' organisations operating in the university, the spokesman said the
administration had last year decided that no student organisation would be
allowed to establish stalls to avert likelihood of any clash. However, the
students who wanted to guide newcomers might offer their services at
departments' stalls voluntarily. Dawn
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No pay revision for second shift teachers since '01
Lahore: The Punjab Education Department (PED) has paid a deaf ear to the plight
of second-shift teachers of government colleges in the province. The
remuneration of Rs 300 per lecture, for the teachers from within the respective
colleges and outside, was fixed some eight years back in 2001. It needs revision
and must be at least Rs 600 per lecture, as the inflation and prices of the
essentials have increased manifold.
There should be separate rules and
procedures of administration for the second-shift like attendance and leave etc.
The lecturers of second-shift should also be given retaining allowances during
summer vacations, as they get wages only during the academic session of hardly
six months for the lectures they deliver.
Paradoxically, however, as the
admission to first year Arts and Science session 2009-10 has begun, a prejudiced
lobby has become active to undo second-shift programmes in government colleges
in Punjab. They have started arguing with education department officials and
senior academicians of colleges to create controversy on the second-shift. They
are propagating that second-shift has been creating problems for the teachers
and colleges' administrations, which is wholly untrue. The fact is that the
second-shift has increased enrolment in higher education.
According to an
estimate, some 50,000 matriculates, who usually fail to get admission to morning
classes due to high merit every year, are accommodated in the second-shift. It
is successfully running parallel to the first-shift.
The admissions in the
second-shift are made on nominal fees i.e., Rs 3,600 - in Intermediate
disciplines, and Rs 7,000 - in B-Com, BSc or BA etc, which mean Rs 10 per day
for Inter and Rs 20 per day for graduate classes.
The second-shift fee for MA, MSc is also very competitive as compared to
afternoon or evening programmes of the Punjab University (PU), other public
sector varsities or autonomous colleges while the tuition fee for such
programmes in private sector colleges and varsities is five times higher. Thus,
a useful practice is being vitiated by vested interest obviously from the
private sector, which is hard hit since the second-shift was introduced.
second-shift has not only helped thousands of parents to get their children
admitted to the colleges at affordable tuition fee, but also provided an
opportunity to teachers to teach at the same college after mid-day and earn some
After the first-shift, teachers prefer to stay in
colleges for the second-shift, thus, absenteeism of teachers has decreased and
quality of education in morning-shift has also increased. The idea of
second-shift was conceived to utilise college buildings in afternoon as well as
to provide an opportunity of admission to the applicants with low merit who
otherwise could not compete in the morning-shift.
The quality of education
and facilities are equivalent in the first and second shifts while the
second-shift starts around 12 at noon, when the first-shift is over. It also
provides job opportunity to thousands of young varsity graduates to teach in the
second-shift on per lecture basis.
The government too is earning tuition fee
revenue, which can be diverted to provide missing facilities to colleges and
expand the infrastructure to accommodate more children in the government
colleges at affordable tuition fee. The nation
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Punjabi dictionary launched
Lahore: A Punjabi-Urdu dictionary with 175,000 words, spread over
more than 3,500 pages in two volumes was launched at a ceremony on
Late linguist Sardar Muhammad Khan has compiled the dictionary
while Sachal Studios and Pakistan Punjabi Adbi Board Lahore has jointly
published it. app
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